London - Everton manager Roberto Martinez said that Gerard
Deulofeu could be "as good as he wants" to be after the Spaniard sent
his side into the League Cup semi-finals.
Deulofeu beat two men before scoring a 20th-minute opener
and then teed up Romelu Lukaku with a dazzling run and cross as Everton won 2-0
at second-tier Middlesbrough in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
It left Everton three games away from a first major trophy
since 1995 and Martinez did not hold back in his praise of match-winner
Deulofeu, who signed from Barcelona in July following a previous loan spell in
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Asked how good the 21-year-old winger can become, Martinez
replied: "As good as he wants -- that's a big part.
"As you know, football is not an individual game,
football is a team game and as a player, you are never too old or too young to
learn and you need to get things that help you to become effective for the
"Gerard is a young man in terms of the amount of games
that he's played at this level, so he needs a lot of games. But as a natural
talent, he's as good as it gets.
"He's got that talent that you dream to have. He's got
the talent that anyone would pay for a ticket to watch him."
Everton will learn their opponents for the two-legged
semi-finals later on Wednesday.For
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